Archive for July, 2007

Maybe One of Them Could Change His Middle Name?

Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

This isn’t good news for the GOP:

The latest Associated Press-Ipsos poll found that nearly a quarter of Republicans are unwilling to back top-tier hopefuls Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson, John McCain or Mitt Romney, and no one candidate has emerged as the clear front-runner among Christian evangelicals. Such dissatisfaction underscores the volatility of the 2008 GOP nomination fight.

On the other hand, this is probably also due to the election being so far away. Most Americans aren’t paying much attention yet. Democrats default to Hillary Clinton because of her high profile, but no Republican has such a profile.

At the same time, however, it is undeniable that the GOP base is very demoralized. If this problem isn’t corrected, then we might well be looking at more losses in ‘08. Hopefully though, Thompson’s entry into the race will help assuage this problem.

Sometimes I Feel Like the Phillies

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

The Philadelphia Phillies have made dubious history:

…[T]he Phillies have reached 10,000 defeats, something is needed to put such an unprecedented feat into proper context.

This will do: The Phillies would need 32 straight 100-win seasons to reach .500.

Or this: The Yankees would have to lose every game from now until sometime during the 2026 season to hit 10,000.

Or this: The only team I can imagine that might have more defeats is the Washington Generals; the guys paid to lose to the Harlem Globetrotters.

Fans of Vanderbilt, the Arizona Cardinals, and the Denver Nuggets rejoice!

Libertarians and the War

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Randy Barnett takes an interesting look at libertarian divisions over war and foreign policy. Money quote:

Many libertarians, and perhaps most libertarian intellectuals, opposed the war in Iraq even before its inception. They believed Saddam’s regime neither directly threatened the U.S. nor harbored or supported the terrorist network responsible for Sept. 11. They also feared the risk of harmful, unintended consequences. Some may also have believed that since the U.S. was not attacked by the government of Iraq, any such war was aggressive rather than defensive in nature.

Other libertarians, however, supported the war in Iraq because they viewed it as part of a larger war of self-defense against Islamic jihadists who were organizationally independent of any government. They viewed radical Islamic fundamentalism as resulting in part from the corrupt dictatorial regimes that inhabit the Middle East, which have effectively repressed indigenous democratic reformers. Although opposed to nation building generally, these libertarians believed that a strategy of fomenting democratic regimes in the Middle East, as was done in Germany and Japan after World War II, might well be the best way to take the fight to the enemy rather than solely trying to ward off the next attack.

Read it all.

A Tale of Two Polls

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

You simply cannot trust the polls at this point. From Zogby:

A new Zogby telephone poll shows Fred Thompson taking the lead in the Republican presidential nomination race, even though he’s yet to declare his candidacy. Thompson leads with 22%, followed by Rudy Giuliani at 21%, Mitt Romney at 11%, Sen. John McCain at 9% and Mike Hucabeee at 5%.

From Gallup:

In the Republican race, Rudy Giuliani continues to overshadow his opponents with 33%, followed by Fred Thompson at 21%, Sen. John McCain at 16%, and Mitt Romney at 8%.

Although these two polls show quite a divergence, I think it is fair to conclude they offer more evidence of what many observers now thing: While the Republican Big Four (Giuliani, McCain, Romney and Thompson) still exists, it is increasingly becoming the Big Two (Giuliani and Thompson).

UPDATE: This post is taking part in the Beltway Traffic Jam.

Iranians for Freedom

Tuesday, July 17th, 2007

Good news from Iran:

Most Iranians support nuclear inspections, a democratic government and normal relations with the United States, a poll by a U.S.-based organization has found.

The news from the poll is mostly good, and I don’t doubt its general accuracy. We’ve been hearing quite a bit about the pro-liberty Iranians for several years now. I am sure they exist, but I wish they would more strongly demand their rights.

Idiocy in Uniform

Monday, July 16th, 2007

The John Norris Brown stupidity thesis is proving true again. Stupid online postings can come back to haunt you:

After video of an on-duty Lenoir City police officer surfaced on the Internet, the department today placed him on administrative leave without pay and began an internal investigation into the footage.

Don White, Lenoir City police chief, said that he was notified about 10 a.m. that videos of part-time officer Marc Grossbard were on the YouTube Web site.

When an 18 year old posts something silly about his or her drunken exploits or photos of themselves in compromising situations, I can kind of understand. But a police officer? That’s just stupid.

Cold War Warms Up

Monday, July 16th, 2007

Is the Cold War making a comeback?

Political Debate at its Finest

Monday, July 16th, 2007
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Giuliani versus Obama

Mountaineer Carnival

Monday, July 16th, 2007

I am honored to be included in the Carnival of the Mountaineers XVI.

McCain Ain’t So Bad

Monday, July 16th, 2007

The recently relocated Music City Oracle looks at John McCain and his struggling presidential campaign:

Notwithstanding the above issues, Senator McCain has had a consistently conservative voting record for much of his political career. He stood by the war effort even though he knew it would cost him. He rightly understands that it is one thing to criticize the entry into and conduct of the war. It is quite something else to support a quick withdrawal. That policy will result in a Middle East disaster, and the Senator was willing to say so at great personal cost.

Conservatives have much to complain about with regard to Senator McCain. Still, he deserved better.